Father, You are so gracious to save me and equip me by Your Spirit to pursue holiness. I realize the pursuit of holiness is a pursuit, in large measure, to love my neighbor as myself. Help me today, therefore, to seek after others’ good and your glory in all I do. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Read Galatians 6
The pursuit of holiness is by definition a pursuit to pour ourselves into other believers, restoring them when they’ve fallen, bearing their burdens, doing them good, and pointing them to the reality that they’re new creatures in Christ.
Galatians 6:1–10 After exhorting Galatian believers to submit to the Spirit and walk in holiness, Paul reminded the Galatians that holiness isn’t something we exercise in isolation from others. Rather, as he made clear, holiness involves restoring our brothers when they fall into sin, bearing one another’s burdens, and caring for those who labor in teaching the Word.
At the same time, however, we must not be deceived into thinking that simply because our neighbor is living a God-honoring life, we are too. Each individual is expected to pursue holiness, and as we do, we should be characterized by a desire to do good to others, especially to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
REAP AND SOW
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. Galatians 6:7
Galatians 6:11–18 In these final verses, Paul reiterated his message. He wanted the Galatians to understand that even these false teachers who were telling them to be circumcised in order to be justified were themselves breaking God’s Law. These men didn’t have holy desires but wanted simply to boast that the Galatians were following their desires. Paul, however, had no desire to boast in himself but only in Christ. May we all be the kind of people who desire not our own glory but the good of others and the glory of Christ.
1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.5 For each will have to bear his own load.
- Do you think of holiness in terms of what you do in isolation from others? Perhaps you feel most holy when you’re by yourself, before the Lord. These are glorious moments, but biblical holiness requires we love our neighbors, restore those caught in sin, and bear one another’s burdens.
- This week, write down some ways you want to pursue holiness by loving others. Seek to follow through with these as you glorify the Lord who has saved you.